Exploring Druids Temple at Swinton Bivouac

Somewhere we have been wanting to explore for quite some time finally got ticked off the list this summer. A visit to Druids Temple gave us rain showers, a picnic under the trees and family fun exploring the woods. With some stunning views over the beautiful North Yorkshire countryside to take in too.


A beautiful view from the woodland close to Druids Temple

There is lot’s to enjoy at this part of Swinton Estate’s woodland including a very pretty looking bistro/cafe (we didn’t sample any of the goodies this time as we had packed some lunch to take out for the day but now I know of it we will be sure to try it next time). Birds of prey to admire and a little craft room to name a few things which are located near to the car park. I’ve added a few photos below of the fun to be had.

Car parking is payable at the little hut and it is £2 per car.

Sat Nav PostcodeHG4 4JZ


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We had visited to explore the wonderous Druids Temple! I knew of Druids Temple and its rough location and had it on my list to visit for quite some time but I had no idea it was on a private estate that offered such great variety. On our way, we passed by the most magnificent building that I later realized was Swinton Park Hotel itself. Of course, I came home and looked straight onto the website to see what they offer!

Well wow, I had no idea –  Swinton Hotel, Swinton Country Club and Spa, Swinton Cookery School and Swinton Bivouac glamping campsite and cafe. I can’t believe I had never heard of it all and all under an hour away from Darlington. You can read more about the Swinton Estate here on the website.

From the Swinton Estate website –

Swinton Bivouac is part of the 20,000 acre Swinton Estate and a rural experience for friends and family. Sited in a beautiful location, it is one of the most picturesque settings in the Yorkshire Dales.

Home to rustic Tree Lodges, built using traditional round wood timber framing techniques, meadow Yurts, the Loft & Snug and the Druid’s Temple, a local historical site and impressive folly constructed during the late 1800’s.

As you walk through the woodland there are breath-taking views over the moorland and valley below.


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Its a relatively short walk to Druids Temple from the campsite carpark and once you arrive it’s easy to see why this is such a popular place for families to visit.

Within minutes the girls where busy exploring each area and it certainly has an enchanting charm, we were all intrigued by the back cave area and wondered if anyone ever stayed inside, we found the best views were from up behind the folly. A great spot to stop and admire the work that went into building this around 200 years ago.


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The great thing about Druids Temple is the adventure doesn’t end here, you have more woodland to explore with several more standing stones to admire. The woodland was very serene and even with a heavy downpour we couldn’t help but just admire the beauty of nature here.  I’m really looking forward to visiting again soon, especially as the Autumn colours begin to show.


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I would highly recommend a visit here to anyone who loves the outdoors. You have lots in the local area to enjoy and make a day of it too. With Masham down the road and also Hackfall Woods not too far away either. We ended up stopping at Masham on the way home and enjoying a lovely icecream a treat from Nanna, we all thoroughly enjoyed the visit and cant wait to go back.





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